Article Contributed by
Todd J. Tranum
President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier
If you are a small business owner, chances are you rely heavily on word of mouth and advertising to help reach out to new customers. In addition to these marketing tactics an investment in the Chamber of Commerce broadens your ability to connect your business to new consumers and businesses in the community. Plus your investment in the Chamber will enhance your visibility with existing customers.
Each of our six affiliated Community Chambers of Commerce in Dunkirk, Fredonia, Hanover, Jamestown, Mayville-Chautauqua, and Westfield-Barcelona also offers community based events that are focused on bringing people together in a variety of settings to improve and enhance the local business community. We hope you’ll watch our online calendar for a full list.
The Shoptauqua Gift Card is a great tool to promote your business and drive customers through your door. The program is included as part of a membership at no additional cost. This program is growing significantly as card sales and participation of merchants is increasing. In 2018 the Chamber of Commerce saw a 100% increase Shoptauqua Gift Cards sales. Shoptauqua Gift Cards are accepted at more than 120 Chamber member businesses countywide. They are easy to purchase from the Chamber and easy to use, and it’s easy for us to set up a member business to participate in this system. The Shoptauqua Gift Card program is designed to encourage local shopping.
Through a series of Experience Chautauqua Business After Hours events throughout the year, the Chamber helps you foster business to business connections all across Chautauqua County. The contacts people make on a social level extend into their business lives as well. In addition, the Chamber hosts one of the largest business gatherings in Western New York each year, our Annual Awards Banquet in October, providing even greater opportunities for members to get to know one another on a personal and professional level.
Through the Chamber, you can take advantage of sponsorship opportunities. Sponsorship is an opportunity to align your company with the Chamber’s brand and to help you gain valuable marketing exposure. As a Chamber member, you can display your business information in both the Dunkirk and Jamestown offices. Grand opening and open house events through the Chamber can also call attention to your business. Chamber membership is a valuable investment for all businesses. To learn more call our offices at 366-6200 or 484-1101 or visit us online at www.chautauquachamber.org.
Spring Membership Drive to Feature Open Houses and Discounts
The Chamber will launch its spring membership drive on Monday, May 6, with a pair of simultaneous open houses from 11am-1pm at its offices in the JCC North Training Center at 10785 Bennett Road, Dunkirk, and at the manufacturing Technology Institute at JCC at 512 Falconer Street, Jamestown. Local business people, Chamber members and non-members alike, are welcome to come and learn what’s new at the Chamber and how we offer value to businesses of all sizes. Attendees can enter a drawing to win a $50 Shoptauqua Gift Card. This event will also be a celebration of National Small Business Week. Staff members will be available at both locations to chat about how we serve businesses and the community.
During National Small Business Week, businesses with ten or fewer employees can join the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and get a 20% discount off their first year membership investment. For those with five or fewer full time equivalent employees their membership investment will be $144 for their first year, compared to the regular $180 cost; while for those with six to ten full time equivalents their membership investment will be $193, compared to the regular $241.
Mayville-Chautauqua Chamber Community Wide Yard Sales May 25
The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Community Wide Yard Sales on Saturday, May 25. All residents are invited to participate and the deadline to be included on the sale list is May 11. Yard sale addresses and a map will be available at local chamber member businesses where a yard sale poster is displayed. Those businesses will be listed at the Mayville-Chautauqua Chamber Facebook page. For more information contact Debby Marsala at (716) 753-3113.